Already, immigrants have numerous hurdles to jump in efforts to come to Georgia and other parts of the United States. Unfortunately, it appears that those seeking asylum will continue to have more hurdles placed in front of them and more difficult journeys toward safety in a new country. According to recent reports, an additional step that some may face is DNA testing at the border.
Utilizing this testing is purportedly to help find “fraudulent families” that may be attempting to enter the United States with children who are not related to them. Because children and families are not subjected to indefinite holds in immigration detention, there is speculation that some individuals are attempting to cross the border with unrelated children in hopes of avoiding prolonged detention. The testing would reportedly inform investigators in approximately 90 minutes whether individuals are related.
Understandably, this proposed testing has caused much concern for immigration advocates. Previously, immigration authorities have unnecessarily separated families and have considered families fraudulent after suspecting that a child is older than 18, and this testing may cause more unnecessary separations. Additionally, DNA testing could cause significant problems for parents or guardians who are not biologically related to their children.
Seeking asylum may be some individuals’ desperate attempt to find better lives for themselves and their families when danger presents itself in their homelands. Of course, the idea of going through the necessary procedures and potentially ending up in immigration detention can seem almost as harrowing. Still, individuals hoping to reach the United States safely may want to contact us to understand their rights and options for these matters.
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